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Bridgend Council release new five year corporate plan

BRIDGEND County Borough Council have revealed its new corporate plan for 2023-28, showing how the local authority will provide services and carry out its business over the next five years.

Every five years the council publishes a new corporate plan, which describes its main priorities for the services it delivers, the challenges it faces, as well as the plans for how it will work to achieve targets.

Titled ‘Delivering Together,’ this year’s plan has been described by members as one that is designed to be more accessible and easier for people in the area to engage with.

Among the plans are the council’s seven well-being objectives, as well as discussions on the geographical area the council covers, the resources they use, and the services they deliver.

There are also plans for a number of local schemes, such as developing a new strategy to tackle homelessness in the borough, improving public safety with its ‘safer streets’ project, and improving access to grants for elderly and disabled people.

It comes just months after the announcement of the council’s annual budget, from which it will look to provide its statutory services in education, social care, waste disposal and highways, at a cost of £485 million.

Council leader Huw David said: “In these tough times, it is more important than ever to have a clear set of priorities, and a plan that sets out how we intend to meet them.

“The Covid-19 global pandemic has forced all organisations to rethink how they will work and provide services in the future, especially when facing up to modern challenges such as the ongoing cost of living crisis so soon after having dealt with more than a decade of austerity measures.

“The corporate plan outlines what functions a local council provides, how we are funded and intend to spend money, and what our aims and objectives will be over the next five year period.

“We have presented all of this in an easy-to-follow style as we want people and partners to work closely with us. This is why we have called the plan ‘Delivering Together’ as we want as many people as possible to have a say in the shape and direction of council services over the next five years and beyond.

“We all have a part to play in the success of Bridgend County Borough – this plan sets out how we can work together to achieve that, and build a better future for us all.”

Chief executive Mark Shephard added: “As our old plan comes to an end this month, we have decided to use this as an opportunity to revisit our objectives and ensure that they remain relevant and up to date while retaining clear links with the requirements of the Future Generations Act 2015.

“To achieve and deliver a new corporate plan capable of guiding us up to 2028, we have carried out a great deal of consultation and research, and have reviewed our previous and existing priorities alongside those of partner agencies on both a local and national level.

“We have engaged heavily with local residents to ensure that the new plan reflects their needs and desires, and what the council needs to do to meet the requirements and challenges of the next five years.

“I believe that we have delivered this, and that the new Corporate Plan for 2023-28 provides us with a clear, well-informed and relevant basis for ensuring that we can continue to provide essential services while meeting the numerous challenges that stand before us.”